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School Board Work Session Update: March 21

on March 25, 2019 - 12:43pm

Bailey McVay, a 5th grader at Mountain Elementary School, is pictured with her parents, Troy and Tina McVay, and Mountain Principal Jennifer Kieltyka, left, at the School Board work session. Bailey recently had her head shaved to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She was recognized by the School Board for being an inspiration to her classmates and the community. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a work session Thursday, March 21 in the library at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

This was the first work session

LAMC Releases Community Benefit Report

on March 21, 2019 - 7:42am

Con Alma Invites Nonprofits Improving Health To Apply For Grants Through April 24

on March 21, 2019 - 7:28am
CAHF News:
 
SANTA FE Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits that improve health in New Mexico to apply for grants that support their work toward sustainable solutions to their communities’ health challenges.
 
Con Alma, the state’s largest private foundation dedicated solely to health, opened its annual grant cycle today.
 
Nonprofits can apply for grants starting March 20 until 5 p.m. April 24. Last year Con Alma awarded $665,000 to nonprofits working toward a healthier New Mexico.
 
Nonprofits can apply for grants online at www.conalma.org. This year applicants need to select from a

Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day Of Action Advocating Tobacco-Free Schools

on March 20, 2019 - 8:32am

NMDOH News:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, youth leaders at 15 schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies.

Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," said

NMMNHS: 2019 Workshops For Adults And Families

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story and the exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs: Costs and Consequences the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting a series of workshops for adults and families. Associated programming also includes the Curator’s Coffees, and Lecture series.
 
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Regarding Help For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits...

on March 19, 2019 - 5:07am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need.

Lunch With A Leader: Skolnik Presents ‘Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective On Healthcare In The US’

on March 17, 2019 - 9:54am

Richard Skolnik

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader event for the community is 11:45 a.m., March 19 at Mesa Public Library.

Featured speaker Richard Skolnik, who moved to Los Alamos a few years ago, will present “Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the US”.

During his presentation, Skolnik will address the fact that although the United States spends 50 percent more of its national income on health than any other country, its citizens are not living longer or healthier.

Skolnik has given scores of guest lectures and in 2011was the

LARC Endowment Fund Created To Support Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center And Aspen Ridge Lodge

on March 11, 2019 - 11:35am

Los Alamos Retirement Community Board President Gillian Sutton presents LACF Board Chair David Izraelevitz with an initial check for $10,000 to establish the LARC Endowment Fund. LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz and LARC Treasurer Tom Alexander join Sutton and Izraelevitz at the check presentation. Courtesy/LACF

LACF News:

Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) and the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) have teamed to initiate a permanent endowment fund to support the long-term financial health of nursing and assisted living options in Los Alamos.

LARC is an independent,

Depression: How To Sit With Someone Who’s Suffering

on March 11, 2019 - 9:57am
By ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

It is socially acceptable to be physically ill; it happens to everyone and there’s no real reason to hide your sniffles from others.

Depression on the other hand holds a stigma that can cause people to hide their suffering. This hiding can energize pain and exacerbate depressive symptoms.

If you’re close to someone who’s suffering with depression, there are several ways that you can help transform their depression into an illness of connection rather than an illness of isolation.

First of all, one must understand depression

House Democrats Pass Measure To Protect New Mexicans With Pre-Existing Health Conditions

on March 8, 2019 - 9:44am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to protect health care coverage for New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions.
 
House Bill 436, sponsored by Reps. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), William B. Pratt (D-Albuquerque), Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) and Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla) would add core pre-existing conditions protections into New Mexico law.
 
Currently, 332,000 New Mexicans under the age of 65 live with pre-existing conditions, including asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart

NMDOH: Flu Activity In New Mexico Higher Than National Average

on March 6, 2019 - 4:16pm
NMDOH:

Rates of children hospitalized high; still not too late for flu vaccination

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that flu activity remains high across the state with the rate of flu-related hospitalizations in New Mexico being the second highest among states that participate in CDC’s influenza hospitalization tracking.

 

 

The rate of hospital admissions among children aged four and younger is particularly high.

Report: Alzheimer’s Disease Rising In New Mexico

on March 6, 2019 - 1:33pm
Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Disturbing news for New Mexicans is indicated by the 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Each year, the Facts and Figures report provides a look at the latest national statistics and information on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and morbidity, costs of care and caregiving.
 
Nationally, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are now living with Alzheimer’s disease, which has no prevention, proven treatment or cure.
 
Here in New Mexico, the numbers are on the rise.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Will Replace Old Computers With Donation From 100+ Women Who Care

on March 5, 2019 - 3:30pm

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Executive Director Wendi Wolf, left, receives a check for $3,250 from UWNNM Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen this afternoon as they gathered with 100+ Women Who Care Co-founder and UWNNM Board Vice President Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post. LAVNS was selected at a meeting last Thursday by 100+ Women Who Care to receive the donation, which Wolf said will be used to replace her organization's office computers that were purchased back in 2003. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Measure To Prevent Surprise Health Care Billing Passes New Mexico House Of Representatives

on March 5, 2019 - 8:23am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― The House of Representatives unanimously has passed House Bill 207 to protect New Mexicans from surprise billing costs.
 
House Bill 207, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), protects people with health insurance from out of network and unexpected billing costs.
 
Surprise billing occurs when a patient goes for care to a hospital or clinic in their insurance network. But, if they are cared for by an out of network provider, the patient can receive a balance bill far above their regular deductible.

Letter To The Editor: End Of Life Options Act Shows True Compassion

on March 3, 2019 - 6:22am
By CARL A. NEWTON
Los Alamos

The now dying Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh admonished us for decades to be mindful and compassionate and I struggle to practice that. While listening to the just presented CON remarks, I’m aware that the compassion that I avow is different from their sense of compassion.

My daughter is the minister of a Massachusetts Federated Church, the First Parish Church of Berlin, and the parishioners are United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist worshipping together.

Former Lobo To Run Boston Marathon To Raise Money For New Mexico Chapter Of Alzheimer’s Association

on March 2, 2019 - 1:45pm
Former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert
 
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque resident and former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert has announced he will run the Boston Marathon April 15 as a fundraiser to benefit the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
After losing a family member to Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, Mummert says he will use this opportunity to raise money and awareness to combat the devastating disease.
 
For Mummert, a youth football coach and former offensive lineman for the UNM Lobos, his wife Brandi and teenage sons William and

New Mexico Senate Passes SB 131: Interagency Pharmacies Purchasing Council

on March 2, 2019 - 1:12pm
NM SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico has an opportunity to save millions of dollars a year in prescription drug costs for state agencies and its employees and retirees.  
 
Senate Bill 131, which passed Friday on the Senate floor, would create an interagency pharmaceutical council to coordinate prescription drug and pharmacy services for state agencies who purchase pharmaceutical drugs. The council would also look for cost savings opportunities for all New Mexicans who purchase prescription drugs.
 
“Using state buying power and bulk purchasing to negotiate for cheaper prescription

Update On LAVNS Annual Daffodil Sale

on March 1, 2019 - 4:23pm
LAVNS daffodil delivery is March 6. Courtesy photo
 
LAVNS News:
 
Due to freezing weather conditions at the daffodil farms, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Service (LAVNS) will receive approximately one third of its usual daffodil order.
 
If interested in supporting the local hospice, daffodils can be purchased March 7-8 at Smith’s in White Rock and Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Bank and Uli’s. With so few daffodils to sell it is likely LAVNS will sell out quickly.
 
Also, the daffodils will be shipped earlier than expected, so delivery has been changed to Wednesday, March 6.
 

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100+ Women Who Care Donate Funds To LAVNS

on March 1, 2019 - 8:15am
Jennifer Bartram speaks on behalf of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, chosen by 100+ Women Who Care to receive donations raised at it's quarterly meeting Thursday night at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos Daily Post co-sponsored the event in partnership with the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Learn more about 100+ Women Who Care at www.unitedwaynnm.org and LAVNS at www.lavns.com. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
100+ Women Who Care gather Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge.

Tigers Eye Healing Aids Personal Transformations

on February 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

Victoria LeDuc
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Feeling stuck in a rut, stressed, anxious and desiring a change? Tigers Eye Healing owner Victoria LeDus said she can help at her alternative healing business in White Rock.

LeDuc, a Los Alamos native, is certified in Reiki as well as in meditation. She is pursuing certification to become a Law of Attraction coach through the Quantum Success Coaching Academy. She will be a certified Law of Attraction coach by the end of the year.
 
She has been a Reiki Master for almost two years.

LAVNS: When Is It Time To Call Hospice?

on February 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

LAVNS News:

How do you know when your loved one is ready for Hospice? Most families think it is the last days or month of the family member’s life. This is incorrect.

When is it time to call Hospice? As early as possible, so you and your family member can have a team of Hospice professionals surrounding you—the medical director, skilled nurses; the health care aide, the chaplain, the medical social worker and bereavement services.

NMDOH: Petition To Add Opiate Disorder As Qualifying Condition

on February 28, 2019 - 1:39pm

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has published the date for the next meeting of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. The advisory board will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, in the Harold Runnels Building Auditorium (on the first floor at 1190 S. St. Francis Dr. in Santa Fe).

The board is expected to review a petition at the March meeting to add Opiate Use Disorder as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in New Mexico.

In her State of the State address last month, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham directed NMDOH to include opioid addiction as a qualifying

Los Alamos High School Graduate Dr. Nora Lamartine Provides Health Care To Legislators In Santa Fe

on February 28, 2019 - 7:53am
LAHS 2006 graduate Dr. Nora Lamartine works her shift Tuesday as Doctor of the Day at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Dr. Nora Lamartine is doing her shift at the New Mexico Roundhouse as the Doctor of the Day.

During the legislative session, doctors from the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians take turns staffing an office at the Capitol that provides free medical care to legislators 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in case of an emergency, to anyone at the Roundhouse.

The New Mexico

Udall Fights To Improve VA Outreach, Health Care And Benefits For Native American Veterans

on February 25, 2019 - 7:48am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs.
 
The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American veterans face when accessing VA services.
 

Letter To The Editor: Measles ... Highly Infectious; Potentially Very Dangerous

on February 25, 2019 - 7:02am
By RICHARD SKOLNIK
White Rock
 
I thank the Post for running an article reminding people to get vaccinated against influenza (link).
 
It is also important to remind people to vaccinate their young on schedule against measles, especially since many people do not know how infectious and dangerous measles is.
 
In fact, measles is among the most infectious of all diseases. About 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to the virus will become infected. By contrast, the recommended two doses of measles vaccine are 97 percent effective in preventing infection.
 
Measles is also

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